多于 5,000 firefighters are battling multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest
多于 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the 西南 星期四, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that’s picking up steam again in New Mexico.
Evacuation orders remained in place for residents near the wildfires in Texas, 科罗拉多州 and New Mexico.
Dangerous fire weather involving gusty winds, high temperatures and extremely low humidity was predicted to continue through Friday — especially in New Mexico, where the largest U.S. wildfire burned for more than a month and the governor expects the number of structures destroyed will exceed 1,000.
多于 2,100 fire personnel with fighting that blaze, which has burned more than 473 平方英里 (1,225 平方公里) of timber and brush in a region east of Santa Fe and south of Taos. Only about one-third of the fire’s perimeter is estimated contained.
With winds gusting up to 40 时速 (64 公里/小时), red flag warnings signalling extreme wildfire danger were in effect until 10 下午. — much later into the night than is typical. Gusts closer to 50 时速 (80 公里/小时) were expected on Friday, said the wildfire’s incident meteorologist, Bladen Breitreiter.
In Texas, the Texas A&M Forestry Service said the fire that has burned dozens of homes was still only 5% contained Thursday afternoon after charring more than 15 平方英里 (39 平方公里) of juniper and mesquite brush 18 英里 (29 公里) southwest of Abilene.
That fire had prompted the evacuation of the historic town of Buffalo Gap on Wednesday. Forestry Service spokesman Stuart Morris said the town had reopened Thursday, but a wind shift expected later Thursday could pose a new threat.
No injuries had been reported as of Thursday afternoon, but Morris said 27 structures had been destroyed. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of them were residences.
All of West Texas was under a red flag wildfire danger warning Thursday, with an underlying drought and critically to extremely dry vegetation combining with 100-degree temperatures Fahrenheit (38 摄氏) and gusty winds.
然而, the Forestry Service said a new weather pattern by the weekend is expected to usher in cooler temperatures and moisture that could limit potential for wildfire activity on Saturday and Sunday.
Wildfires have broken out this spring earlier than usual across multiple states in the western U.S., where climate change and an enduring drought are fanning the frequency and intensity of forest and grassland fires.
Associated Press writers Terry Wallace in Dallas and Scott Sonner in Reno, 内华达, 为本报告做出了贡献.